Crop conditions making progress with warm temps and timely rain

By |2018-06-04T16:22:24-05:00June 4th, 2018|

Monday's Minnesota USDA Crop Report shows corn planting is 98-percent complete, while 87-percent of the crop has already emerged. Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse says the crop has made up a lot of progress with current conditions.  "If you look at Blue Earth, Nicollet, Waseca and Le Sueur County, right in the close in listening area here, crop conditions have really improved in the last two to three weeks. Most of our crop in the ground and the crop that is in the ground has really responded quite well because we've had adequate moisture. The rainfall amounts have really varied across [...]

Experts urging farmers in southern Minnesota to stay patient despite planting delays

By |2018-05-15T14:54:14-05:00May 15th, 2018|

Scattered thunderstorms last week prevented farmers in southern Minnesota from making planting progress, leaving producers to wonder if they need to move to earlier corn hybrids or switch their acreage to soybeans. For now, Agronomists are advising growers to stick with planting full-season corn hybrids for another few weeks in the southern portion of the state.  Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse says his best guess is that producers will still try to plant crops in May. "The final planting date for corn in southern Minnesota isn't until May 31 and they may go to some earlier hybrids here as we move [...]

Corn planting running behind, Farm Analyst says crop potential is not lost

By |2018-05-10T14:47:10-05:00May 10th, 2018|

Warmer temperatures have allowed farmers to get in the field over the last week, but there remains a lot of spring planting to be done. Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse says planting progress varies across the listening area. "The southern two tiers of counties in Minnesota, northern two tiers of counties in Iowa are were the planting progress has been the slowest," says Thiesse. "I had an opportunity to travel down to Fairmont, the further you got south the planting progress was a lot less. Probably 10 to maybe 15, 20-percent of the corn planted down that direction. You get up [...]

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